Introduction / History
Chinese Mestizo or Mestizo de Sangley are one of the hundred ethnic groups of the Philippines. The Chinese Mestizo developed during the Spanish colonial regime when Chinese immigrants married native peoples. The majority of the Chinese immigrants where males and didn't bring women with them so they married the indigenous people. Today there is a substantial population and they are found in Chinese communities, especially Binondo, one of the largest "Chinatowns" in the world. Today they are known as Tsinoy (half Filipino, half Chinese "tsino").
Where are they Located?
They are scattered throughout the Philippines. The majority are found in Manila and surrounding areas.
What are Their Lives Like?
They are entrepreneurs who control a large percent of the Philippine economy.
What are Their Beliefs?
They practice Chinese, Hispanic and indigenous cultures. They mix their Chinese beliefs with Christianity. The majority of them are Christians.
What are Their Needs?
They need to be accepted and not discriminated against.
* Pray they will be successful in the businesses they rely on.
* Pray the community will be benefitted by the fair products that they sell.
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